Monday, October 4, 2010

I'm Alive and Better Than Ever!!

I know recently ya'll have probably wondered what is Ann doing? She never blogs. She never posts pictures. She just comes in once a week and posts her weight and moves on.

Well things are once again changing!! Thursday, the 30th was my last day to work at a paying full time job!! I get to come back home and work 24/7 for no money but more rewards than could ever be explained!! I am once again a stay at home, homeschooling mom/wife!! I can't tell you how happy I am to report this!! I will once again have time to actually homeschool That Other Kid, exercise properly, keep my house clean, cook proper meals, and take care of all the other things that I have been neglecting for the past 7 months!!

Let me tell you -- if you are a full time working mom I APPLAUD YOU!!! I don't know how you do it. The past 7 months have been been very difficult for me not to mention our family. I have neglected so much around the house. I have neglected my kiddo. I have neglected my husband. I have even neglected myself to some degree...not as much as other things but I just haven't had the time to do what I have wanted.

Ok...on to what I did this weekend! I ran/walked my first 5K!! It was one of the most physically and emotionally difficult things I have ever done. It was also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done!! More details will follow but I want to tell you this was NOT my LAST 5K and I will get to the point where I can RUN it!!

Race details: 48:28 was my time. I wasn't the last to cross the finish line! My brother was amazingly supportive as were the other members of my family. I even had 2 of my high school friends (and let me tell you high school was MANY years ago) show up for this race!! What a momentus day!!

My brother and I right before the race!

Running up the final stretch/hill! The person running behind me and my of my friends from high school! Off to the side are That Other Kid and my niece cheering me on!!

OMG!! How far away is that stupid finish line and why oh why is this hill so steep??

Giving it one last push....another burst of energy, please!!

That final few feet were killers...I just wanted to stop and walk the rest! Fortunately my brother wouldn't let me do that!! I did RUN across the finish line!! It took everything I had in me to do it, too!


Sincerely Anna said...

Yay, yay, yay! I'm so proud of you and seeing pictures of your brother running with you makes me smile! What a support system you had at your first 5K! It makes me want to sign-up for one, too!

Anonymous said...

Ann!! That is WONDERFUL!! I am so, so proud of you!!! I can't wait to hear a full race report and see when your next race is going to be!

Brooke said...

hurrah!!! :) congrats on your race. look forward to many more race reports in the future.

also, congrats on getting to come back home to be a full time mom

Christy M. said...

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of you, Ann. So proud. WOW!!! You look amazing and I'm so glad you had so many people there cheering and supporting you.


Bari said...

Yea! Ann! I'm so proud of you! Whoever decided a race should end with an uphill in grass should be hogtied-that was just crazy! I'm so glad you had tons of support and you were able to run across that finish line. Sure feels good, doesn't it?

Carrie said...

Congrats on all the good news Ann! You are so lucky to get to stay home and take care of your family! And way to go on the 5k! Keep it up!

*Lissa* said...

I am sooooooo proud of you!!! WOO-HOO!!

And HELL YEAH to not having to work outside of the home anymore! I can feel your relief from here!!


Looking GOOD!

Mommy Mo said...

I have tears of joy and so much pride for you Ann. You have come such a long way. Congrats to your new *work* schedule.